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Gwen Stefani Residency at Planet Hollywood Nears Announcement

Find Search for: The rumor’s been swirling in Vegas circles for some time, but now a Gwen Stefani residency at Planet Hollywood is nearing an official announcement. Gwen Stefani is expected to perform a series of shows at the newly re-named, 7,000-seat Zappos Theater, formerly Axis. Before that, it was the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts. Because you can never have too much useless Las Vegas trivia in your brain. Details like a start date aren’t yet available, but compensation for the Las Vegas residency is expected to be what’s known in entertainment circles as “a metric hell-ton.” Fun fact: Gwen Stefani once described us as “cute” to a mutual friend. We are not making this up. Gwen Stefani follows in the shoes of Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez who have had extremely successful runs at Planet Hollywood. Britney Spears did 249 performances of her “Piece of Me” lip-sync extravaganza, and the show generated a jaw-dropping $130 million in ticket sales. There’s no word yet about whether Stefani’s show will feature any of her No Doubt band mates, although the show will most certainly include all the bands hits. The Zappos Theater is booked by Live Nation, so you can visit this page once Gwen Stefani’s show dates are announced. We’ve heard two confirmations about the Stefani residency from inside the Caesars Entertainment sphere, and also confirmed the...

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15 Things Even We Didn’t Know About Las Vegas Hotel Housekeeping

Housekeeping is an often-overlooked but critical part of any Las Vegas hotel visit. We asked an industry insider about these unsung employees, and learned some truly fascinating things about the folks who clean up after us during our Sin City escapades. Here, then are 15 things even we didn’t know about housekeeping at Las Vegas hotels. 1. A Las Vegas hotel housekeeper cleans an average of just 16 rooms in a typical eight-hour shift. For comparison purposes: MGM Grand has 5,124 rooms. 2. Housekeepers are called “Guest Room Attendants” or GRAs for short. Bonus fact: Housekeepers know your tissues need to be swapped out by the color of the tissues. When they turn color, the box is low. 3. Most Las Vegas casinos pay housekeepers $15-17 an hour. 4. Although their meals are free (in EDRs, or employee dining rooms), most housekeepers don’t eat during their shift for fear of not meeting their daily quota of “turned” rooms. 5. Our industry expert says hotel guests don’t tip like they used to, but most housekeepers get anywhere from $20-100 in gratuities during a typical shift. It’s estimated only about 40 percent of hotel guests leave a tip for housekeepers. 6. In time share hotels, housekeepers aren’t unionized and are paid a “piece rate,” a set rate for each room according to the room size. 7. Housekeeping is typically the largest...

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 73: The Latest in Vegas WTF

Despite a quarter million downloads under our belt, we’re still not sure you should listen to our podcast. Fair warning. If you do, you’ll hear news and opinions and quite possibly things that will get us sued. The things we do for you. In this episode, we share our experiences at three new downtown restaurants: Eureka on Fremont East (pictured below), Flock & Fowl at the Ogden and Good Pie at Pawn Plaza. Eureka’s management informed us we couldn’t take photos inside the restaurant. Eureka’s management can suck it. We round up all the latest scoop about Steve Wynn and his mind-boggling fall from grace in recent weeks, including news about what Wynn Resorts projects are likely to move forward (Wynn Paradise Park, but without a hotel) and which could be shelved. We’ve also got exclusives about Lucky Dragon and SLS Las Vegas. Somebody has to. Have exclusives. In case that wasn’t clear. This lowly podcast has all the skinny you need to stay in the loop about what’s opening when (The Drew Las Vegas), who’s building what (MSG Sphere) and what else is coming down the pike (upgrades to the Fremont Street Experience). Mark our words, the MSG Sphere is going to put somebody’s eye out. The Vital Vegas Podcast has “vital” right in the title, so kick back, push the play button and long for a simpler...

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